U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia
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April 9, 2015

Federal Inmates Sentenced for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Heroin

ABINGDON, VA—Acting United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno announced today that two federal inmates currently serving federal prison sentences have been sentenced to serve additional federal time after they conspired to possess with the intent to distribute heroin while housed at the United States Penitentiary Lee.

Rafaiel Ivey, 38, and Trent Antwine, 50, were sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on February 20, 2015, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Ivey, who is currently serving a 188-month term of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon arising out of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, was sentenced to an additional 84 months of federal incarceration for his role in the conspiracy to have heroin introduced into the United States Penitentiary Lee for distribution within the prison.

Antwine, who is currently serving a 188-month term of imprisonment for drug conspiracy arising out of the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, was sentenced to an additional 48 months of federal incarceration for his role in the conspiracy.

According to evidence provided by Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens, in October 2011, Ivey and Antwine arranged for a visitor to bring heroin into the visiting room of the United States Penitentiary Lee for further distribution within the prison.

The investigation was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Investigative Unit of the Bureau of Prisons. Special Assistant United States Attorney Debbie Stevens prosecuted the case for the United States.

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